Get a garden + the Ranger program in your school now. We have built over 100 in Los Angeles. We move rapidly. We take care of the permits. We make it ridiculously affordable. We are frugal. We can take on existing gardens and we know how to fix things.

You want your group volunteer day to actually mean something? You want lasting impact? We are so busy, we can guarantee almost any date you choose. You want to see results.   


It is easy to help out. We are in 100 Los Angeles schools weekly and we care for our 100 gardens 332 days per year.  If you want to help , we will put you to work. We are growing so rapidly that no matter what you have to offer, we likely need your talents. Engage today. Volunteer tomorrow.

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In a world that is becoming ever more competitive, can we really afford to have our youngsters gardening?

A student plants a seed and then sees a ting seedling within days? That is an easy lesson in science. Contrast fresh heirloom tomatoes with a pinch of salt to fast food? Welcome to nutrition 101. We can’t afford to raise a generation that does not get whole foods and we hardly need more folks who do not feel connected and thus a responsibility to the earth. 

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We are adding new sites monthly. We build fast and efficiently.

Our team with the help of volunteers is so efficient that we build start to finish in one day. Redwood boxes, controlled drip irrigation, picnic tables and super fertile soil. Our gardens work!  

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Building a school garden without a sustainability and teaching plan is a waste. Our rangers take care.

 Our garden rangers are on site weekly caring for the edible garden and delivering our straightforward and cheerful curriculum. We amend the soil, fix the irrigation and engage the community.

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Straightforward and cheerful. Its easy to learn by doing

Our interdisciplinary curriculum provides youth opportunities to explore in an outdoor setting.  We teach K-12 students everything from cooking skills to environmental stewardship and history to social justice.  It is rooted in the principals of both place-based and experiential learning models.

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Down to earth, no nonsense and hard working. We are irreverent and we are ambitious.

We are like no other non-profit. Nobody here makes more than a school district custodian. ($38,000) Everybody gets their hands dirty. We are efficient. We are as frugal. We are different. We are an active Non-Profit. ( a non profit who does work as opposed to advocating)       

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We need your help. Invest in Los Angeles Schoolchildren

There are many ways you can make a difference. We get that. We ask you to invest in what we are trying to do! Help kids eat healthy. Help kids appreciate and respect our planet. Help us partner with public schools.

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Roosevelt ESP Update!

By EnrichLA Team | November 23, 2011

EnrichLA-ers Tomas O’Grady and Josh Walker have clearly been working hard at the Roosevelt High School Academy of Environmental and Social Policy Garden!  This hillside garden was a huge undertaking, but as you can see, the raised beds are coming along nicely, and have finally been filled with our nutrient rich 50/50 mixture! Thank you…

New Garden Coming Soon MLK day JAN 16th ….Gratts Learning Academy for Young Scholars!

By EnrichLA Team | November 22, 2011

There is a new garden coming to the EnrichLA family of gardens! We will be installing a drip system, planting native plants, veggies and more!  We are very excited to be working with the staff at this school to great something beautiful.   Gratts Learning Academy for Young Scholars is located at: 309 South Lucas…


By EnrichLA Team | November 20, 2011

Under the skilled leadership of founder Tomás O’Grady, EnrichLA brings together community organizations, community members, teachers, administrators, students and the faithful volunteers who participate in all events, to transform an empty weedy plot into a vegetable/fruit/native plant FARM at Markham Middle School in Watts, where students and community members will be exposed to the experience…

A new farm is born in watts

By EnrichLA Team | November 20, 2011

Farm Markham.    

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | November 20, 2011

OriginOil: Breakthrough Algae Oil Technology I first heard about OriginOil last weekend after The Big Fix movie premiere. I am extremely interested in alternatives to petroleum and want to keep an eye on this company. Having a renewable source of energy is viable for our futures. Here is some info about OriginOil: “OriginOil helps algae…

Markham MS Build- A HUGE Success!

By EnrichLA Team | November 19, 2011

Thank you to everyone who came out today to our Markham Middle School garden build.  It was literally our biggest build yet, and with that, quite possibly our most successful.  We had a huge turnout of dedicated, hard working volunteers.  Some were parents of students at the school, some were teachers, students themselves, and others…

FARMWatts happening now!

By EnrichLA Team | November 19, 2011

We have an amazing group of people, from all age ranges and walks of life, working dilligently to get the job done!  We gathered here at 9:00am to start work on our biggest garden yet….so big, in fact, that it is more like a farm! More pics to come, but here are a few to…

Home and Garden economics at ATWATER

By EnrichLA Team | November 17, 2011

O’Grady and company

Starting to grow John Adams

By EnrichLA Team | November 17, 2011

Beds starting to grow

West Vernon Elementary Garden

By EnrichLA Team | November 17, 2011

Beet Down!

By EnrichLA Team | November 16, 2011

We started class this week tackling more weeds in the garden and checked out the citrus tree that is starting to bear fruit.  Urban Empowerment headed over to Gratts Elementary with Tomas and Josh to make plans for renovating the garden over there, and while they were busy across the street we got to work in…

Roosevelt is getting closer to planting

By EnrichLA Team | November 15, 2011


Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | November 13, 2011

EcoSmart Limo Service I came across this site and found it to be useful for people visiting Los Angeles. Ecosmart Limo is a unique eco-friendly transportation service. Their goals are to keep a clean earth and to save you money while doing it.  Their cars are hybrids and for larger parties they do provide vans.…


By EnrichLA Team | November 12, 2011

We need volunteers to build a garden at Markham Middle School. Come be part of Markham history! Breakfast and Lunch will be provided to all volunteers. EnrichLA has a HUGE garden build going on next Saturday, November 19th. Come be a part of this amazing change! The event starts at 9:00 where coffee and pastries…

Academic Leadership Community School

By EnrichLA Team | November 12, 2011

More Winter Veggies at ALC

By EnrichLA Team | November 11, 2011

This Tuesday started off on an exciting note – we saw some delicious looking peppers flourishing in the garden and a few of our seedlings in the peet pots have started to take root!  The excitement continued as we took advantage of the sunny Fall weather to plant more winter veggies and moved our citrus…

Getting West Vernon Garden ready for a Dedication

By EnrichLA Team | November 10, 2011

Class after class, the kids from West Vernon ES came by the garden to pull weeds and tend the plants, while EnrichLA’s members Tomas, Kelly and Leonardo aided by teachers and administrators worked on getting the new tables ready for a dedication of the garden in memory of Ms.Shelley Saunders, the teacher who unfortunately passed…

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | November 6, 2011

Sungevity Solar Ice Pop Truck The Sungevity ice pop truck was at the Green Festival last weekend, spreading sunshine. Sungevity are Solar Home Specialists who have designed a solar powered ice pop truck. The Sungevity ice pop truck is on the road and bringing a refreshing new energy choice to your neighborhood. This is your…

A great day at Roosevelt High School of Environmental and Social Policy!

By EnrichLA Team | November 5, 2011

A huge thank you to everyone that came out today and stayed with us to build this EPIC garden!  It truly was an exhausting, fulfilling and fun day! This garden is located on a hillside, which made for a challenging (and worthwhile!) build.  We constructed 3 huge edible beds, leveled ground on the hillside, and…

Breaking for lunch…kind of.

By EnrichLA Team | November 5, 2011

We have a delicious lunch of fresh mozzerella with basil, tomato and proscuitto pressed in a panini maker! But many volunteers are finding it difficult to stop working: we are too excited! Thank you to all our volunteers who are working so dilligently on this garden, and helping us make such a yummy lunch for…

Join us! Building a garden at Roosevelt!

By EnrichLA Team | November 5, 2011

Students, volunteers, teachers, parents and community members: all here to build a garden at this school! The rain left us with a beautiful, sunny and cool day to plant lavender, sage, avocados, lemons, broccoli, lettuce and more! Consider joining us and making the most of your saturday: 3921 selig place, los angeles ca!

Expanding the Garden!

By EnrichLA Team | November 3, 2011

  This week at ALC we tackled some weeding to make room for new plants generously donated by Sylmar High School and, eventually, our seedlings from last week.  Josh Walker brought along some tunes and demonstrated how to properly prepare the soil for new plants.  He also took some amazing shots of the students working…

Launching THE GARDEN CLUB Garden Stewardship Program

By EnrichLA Team | November 3, 2011

Welcome to EnrichLA’s Garden Stewardship Program THE GARDEN CLUB EnrichLA’s curriculum aims to take our mission of a garden in every school a step further by implementing our Garden Stewardship Program, “THE GARDEN CLUB”at campuses with EnrichLA gardens and other school gardens. Because EnrichLA creates an oasis in the midst of the concrete jungle that…

New Garden Shed Sign at Farm King!

By EnrichLA Team | November 3, 2011

  So here it is!  The result of lots of hard work done by our enthusiastic gardeners at the Thomas Starr King Middle School garden- “Farm King” As you can see, the colorful and happy signs show off what are some of the students favorite crops at their garden!  Including broccoli, onion, mint, among others!…

Community Invited to Participate in Garden Maintenance!

By EnrichLA Team | November 2, 2011

EnrichLA, along with the LA Conservation Corps, is calling all parents, students and community members to join together at John Adams Middle School! As with all of our gardens, John Adams requires regular maintenance, attention and LOVE from volunteers in order to continue flourishing as it has been!  Our lovely volunteers Meg and Ben are…

Heart of LA (HOLA) after school Arts program visits Micheltorena

By EnrichLA Team | November 2, 2011

  The kids that attend HOLA ‘s Art after school program and their teachers Nara and Patricia visited Micheltorena Garden yesterday.  They were very interested in knowing how to grow food in an urban setting, composting and warm farming, be water wise, solar energy and community involvement in the garden. After a quick talk and…

Expansion of Irrigation at King

By EnrichLA Team | November 1, 2011

So a few weeks back King was recipient of an outdoor sink, a wonderful addition that has allowed the garden kids to cook up some great food. And  with the sink came an irrigation system that has almost been expanded throughout the whole garden. Marco, an 8th grader, has stepped up to the task of…

Atwater Avenue Elementary School Garden

By EnrichLA Team | October 31, 2011


Enrich La and Growing Great will partner to build an new edible garden at Synergy/Quincy Jones Elementary

By EnrichLA Team | October 30, 2011

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | October 30, 2011

Got drugs? National Take Back Initiative Sat. Oct. 29th Don’t flush those prescription drugs down the toilet! Be sure to properly dispose of unused or expired medication to protect our water supplies and the environment. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. On Saturday, October 29, 2011,…


By EnrichLA Team | October 29, 2011

On November 12, Saturday morning at 9:00 AM, Enrich La will join their old friend Mark Jolley, vice principal, and along with a team of volunteers will install a new garden at the school. Volunteer here.    Royball is located at 1200 West Colton Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026-5816. Breakfast and lunch provided.

Edible garden renovation at Point Fermin Elementary in San Pedro

By EnrichLA Team | October 29, 2011

Enrich La will build a new garden at Roybal Learning Center 1200 W. Colton Street Los Angeles, CA 90026

By EnrichLA Team | October 29, 2011

  VOLUNTEER EVENT. 12-Nov-2011 09:00:00GARDEN BUILD DAY. On this Sat Morn,We will build a new raised bed garden with a new compost system and fruit trees and herb garden and a new seating area. Coffee at nine , lunch at 12.30. VOLUNTEER HERE.

Micheltorena garden shed gets a makeover

By EnrichLA Team | October 27, 2011

  Micheltorena garden shed gets a makeover just in time for this Saturday’s Halloween Big Pumpkin Festival. 10/29/2011 from 10-5

New garden plans for Roosevelt High-School

By EnrichLA Team | October 27, 2011

On November 5th, we will build this garden. Join us

Rain or Shine at ALC!

By EnrichLA Team | October 26, 2011

Since the rain gave our garden a good soak, this week at ALC we ventured into seeding with carrots, radishes, tomatillos, and spinach.  Hopefully our seeds will start growing roots so the students can take them home and start edible gardens of their own! Kelly Burke joined us to help the student group Urban Empowerment…

A fantastic new expanded garden at Atwater Avenue Elementary

By EnrichLA Team | October 26, 2011

New Outdoor Kitchen I too, would like to thank the the entire Atwater community for your dedicated service today.  Special thanks to Tomas and the volunteers from EnrichLA, you all are amazing.  Also, I would like to thank Lara and Dana for their vision of this garden two years ago. Thanks Again! Charles D. Smith, Principal, Atwater…


By EnrichLA Team | October 25, 2011

On Monday morning right after Adams MS we went to WEST VERNON Elementary to kick-off  there our GARDEN STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM  led by our Star Garden Stewards Meg and Ben. A few classes came by this beautiful garden during the morning, little farmers in the making. We talked about insects and mushrooms (insectos y hongos), checked…


By EnrichLA Team | October 25, 2011

Monday morning was the kick-off of our GARDEN STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM at JOHN ADAMS Middle School led by our Star Garden Stewards Meg and Ben It was also the beginning of a partnership with CONSERVATION CORPS. They run an after school program lead by Misbran Moradel and implemented on the ground by  Ricardo Hernandez; they will…

Global ban on toxic exports

By EnrichLA Team | October 24, 2011

Good news! Switzerland and Indonesia negotiated a deal that seeks to ban the export of toxic wastes from developed to developing countries. The deal was brokered between the two countries Friday at the UN Environmental Conference in Cartagena, Colombia where more than 170 nations were in attendance. The UN estimates that of the 50 million…

Thank You Keller Willims Larchmont

By EnrichLA Team | October 24, 2011

Thank you Keller Williams Larchmont for making EnrichLA the beneficiary of the donations collected at the Larchmont Family Fair on Sunday. Thank you agents Joey, Jeff, Monica and Cynthia for making it so much fun for the kids and families and help us promote “A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL!

Garden at Atwater Elementary

By EnrichLA Team | October 24, 2011


A taste of the new garden at Academic leadership community school

By EnrichLA Team | October 21, 2011


By EnrichLA Team | October 21, 2011

On Monday, October 24th, EnrichLA will be gathering volunteers at Point Fermin Elementary School to install a new watering system, and plant natives and an herb garden! If you or anyone you know can take time out of their Monday morning to make a positive change at this school, PLEASE JOIN US! We are very…

New Partnership with Sylmar High School Holticulture Department + Volunteer opportunities galore!

By EnrichLA Team | October 20, 2011

As we embark on one of our most action packed weekends, we are reminded one more time that IT TAKES A VILLAGE! Today we got a truckload (30 flats) of healthy and vibrant winter vegetables seedlings donated by Steve List,  a Sylmar landscaper (818.364.1304) who heads the Horticulture Department at Sylmar High School, and is…

GOOD SEARCH: Raising Money by Doing Nothing!

By EnrichLA Team | October 19, 2011

Ok, well its not exactly doing nothing, but it requires very minimal effort on your part, and NO MONEY! Good Search is a search engine that EnrichLA is registered with.  Basically, when you search through Good Search, EnrichLA gets funds!  No matter what you search for, information about a book, news articles, celebrity gossip, clothing…

Garden Sweet Garden

By EnrichLA Team | October 18, 2011

As if the sweet spot on campus weren’t enough, Farm King is improving its visibility and presence on campus! For the past two weeks, students have been working on a sign that now reads “Garden Sweet Garden: What’s Growin’?” which will be mounted on the campus-facing side of the shed to let passers-by know what’s…

Coming Soon….

By EnrichLA Team | October 18, 2011

A GARDEN AT POINT FERMIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL! EnrichLA is thrilled to partner with the parents and teachers of Point Fermin Elementary.  We cannot wait to get to work on the garden at their campus, and will of course be looking for eager and excited volunteers to help us transform this campus!  Stay tuned for news…

California’s Solar Solutions

By EnrichLA Team | October 17, 2011

Once again, California proves to be a green leader. Advocacy group, Environment California, reports that the state’s 3,550 solar establishments employ more than 25,000 people in the solar industry. That’s a quarter of the nation’s 100,237 solar-related jobs according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2011. This accomplishment sets California right along Gov. Jerry Brown’s…

Synergy/Quincy Jones Elementary…coming soon!

By EnrichLA Team | October 17, 2011

Synergy and Quincy Jones Elementary Schools both share the same campus, and will work with EnrichLA to install an edible garden, in partnership with Growing Great. We are very excited to get to work! Synergy/Quincy Jones Elementary Schools are located at: 900 E. 33rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90011 (323) 235-7960

John Adams Garden Build Photos

By EnrichLA Team | October 16, 2011

Thank you to Kaia Lai for sharing these beautiful photos with us!  We had such a great time at the John Adams Garden Build.  To volunteer for our next event, please visit our volunteer page.

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | October 16, 2011

Be Green this Halloween Photo by: I love Halloween and everyone who knows me looks forward to my costumes. I usually make my own costumes with whatever I have laying around the house combined with thrift store finds. Some items are inevitable to purchase from a Halloween store, but what are some ways you…

The edible garden at West Vernon has now become a park.

By EnrichLA Team | October 15, 2011

Tomas O’Grady.  The folks at West Vernon elementary school were so pleased with the new edible garden that they agreed to expand the garden so that it is now an honest to goodness park. On Saturday, October 15, a group of volunteers which included teachers and parents from the school and folks from Enrich-LA began…

VOLUNTEER DAY: Atwater Ave. Elementary School

By EnrichLA Team | October 15, 2011

EnrichLA, in partnership with Friends of Atwater Elementary and Principal Charles Smith will finish a garden located on this campus. JOIN US ON OCTOBER 23rd to build this garden! Atwater Elementary School is located at: 3271 Silver Lake Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039  

New Garden Coming! Markham Middle School

By EnrichLA Team | October 14, 2011

EnrichLA in partnership with a group of teachers at Markham Middle School and in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Markham Middle School will rehabilitate the garden there. Markham Middle School is located at: 1650 East 104th Street Los Angeles, CA 90002 (323) 568-550

We started class at A.L.C Highschool

By EnrichLA Team | October 14, 2011

Sarah Cole and Tomas O’Grady started a gardening and cooking class for special needs kids at the Academic Leadership community high-school downtown. It was an honor. We will do it every Tuesday. We planted this week. Next week, we are going to bring some food and cook.    

A HUGE Thank You To….

By EnrichLA Team | October 13, 2011

Thank you to EVERYONE that helped make the garden build at John Adams Middle School possible last Saturday.  We could not have done it without your support, encouragement and kindness. Thank you to LAUSD  Facilities Services Division – and Sustainability Initiatives Principal Evelyn Wesley and CPM LaMonte Douglass Tree People’s Michelle Bagnato Large Makrge Sustainable for…

New Season (?), New Crops

By EnrichLA Team | October 12, 2011

  Getting down to business now. Students at King are preparing the garden for  the supposed upcoming California cold season. Though given current clear  skies and warm weather, who knows when the change will come. Warm weather crops can now be harvested–though the yanking may be tough–leaving the bare soil in need of some tilling. That’s where…

Garden Club Enhances Education!

By EnrichLA Team | October 11, 2011

We are two weeks into our garden club and the students are thrilled to see their seeds grow! As the students learn the basic principles of gardening each meeting, they are also given the opportunity to bring what they learned from the garden back into the classroom. The club currently consists of around fifteen 5th…

Building a new garden at John Adams Middle School

By EnrichLA Team | October 11, 2011

Our recipe for success : EnrichLA +  the support of the School Principal and CPM +LAUSD’s Facilities Services Division  and Sustainability Initiatives + Tree People + a beautiful Saturday in fall + over 100 volunteers + food and coffee by Large Marge Sustainables and Starbucks  =  a new garden is born! WATCH THE VIDEO On Youtube…

Roosevelt garden

By EnrichLA Team | October 11, 2011

TOMAS O’GRADY We are currently planning our most far reaching project to date. An edible garden on a hill side and on a shoestring. A piece of cake. Join us on NOV 5th.  

Experimenting with the costs and benefits of eco-living

By EnrichLA Team | October 11, 2011

This a well-written, and sometimes humorous, article that details the sustainability efforts of an eco-minded mother. Some costly, and some beneficial, the author discusses everything from solar panels to the Australian waterwall–an expensive take on rain barrels. She distinguishes the methods that worked on an economic and environmental level and considers gray water plumbing to…

John Adams Garden Build- Another Successful Event!

By EnrichLA Team | October 10, 2011

A big thank you to everyone that helped us build this beautiful new garden at John Adams Middle School on Saturday, October 8th! Even though we were sweating, digging, shoveling, and working hard, everyone had a great time bonding over such a meaningful experience.  Volunteers gathered at 9:00am and were greeted with water, coffee and…

Full Circle

By EnrichLA Team | October 9, 2011

Students engage in the circle of life! Here students are seen planting cool season veggies –from kale, to chard, to radish–transferring the potted seeds to the nursery, and transplanting the sprouting seedling into the earth. The final step, as done with goat cheese dip and the couscous, is literally eating the fruits (veggies) of their…

The Golden State’s Golden Rule–Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

By EnrichLA Team | October 9, 2011

California has long led the nation toward a healthier environment, and Governor Jerry Brown adds to and continues our eco-legacy by signing legislation that will “establish the most ambitious recycling goal” in the history of the Golden State and in the nation. Composed of Assembly Bills 341 & 1149, the new legislation requires robust recycling…

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | October 9, 2011

Tour de Fat – Los Angeles – Sat 10/8 The Tour de Fat will be in 13 U.S. cities spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle. Along with our exceptional ability to roust a city’s inner-cyclist, in 2011 they hope to drive their message even deeper by bringing you the…

Changes at John Adams!

By EnrichLA Team | October 8, 2011

New sprinkler drip system at the garden! Kids are getting ready to paint the garden signs with flower, fruit and vegetable names. The ground has been leveled and we will soon be able to put our raised garden beds in! Thank you to everyone who has been involved in this project! We are making changes!

Here at the build!

By EnrichLA Team | October 8, 2011

We are here at the john adams middle school garden build!  Volunteers of all ages and all walks of life are here already, working hard to get this garden done by 2!! Come on over and help us make a change at john adams!


By EnrichLA Team | October 7, 2011

  We are ready for the big day. Tomas O’Grady with help from students at JOHN ADAMS middle school.Ryan O’ Grady helping.  

Students at king middle school are working on a new design of a garbage sorting system

By EnrichLA Team | October 7, 2011

Over the last few days, students of the environmental studies magnet at king middle school have been working on a new garbage sorting system for king. The idea is to divide garbage into blue green and black.

West Vernon elementary school garden

By EnrichLA Team | October 7, 2011

We’re having a second volunteer day to add a patio and outdoor kitchen. VOLUNTEER HERE. This garden is one of my favorites. It has beautiful exposure.

Plastic or Paper? Neither in L.A

By EnrichLA Team | October 6, 2011

The plastic bag was invented by a Swedish company in the sixties and integrated into  American society by Exxon Mobil. According to “The Plastic Bag Wars,”  Americans use approximately 102 billion plastic bags each year. While  cities like San Francisco and Santa Monica have managed to curb the use of  plastic by completely banning them…

An archaeologist takes advantage of the open site at John Adams Middle School

By EnrichLA Team | October 4, 2011

We have already removed concrete and John Adams middle school and we plan to put a garden there this saturday. A local archaeologist, decided to take advantage of this. He recruited a couple of students and they have been digging down a few feet to see what they can find.

A new garden is born at the Miguel Contreras learning complex

By EnrichLA Team | October 2, 2011

Tomas O’Grady. A new garden is born. On Saturday morning, in the space of about 5 hours, we built a new edible garden at the academic leadership community high School located at the Miguel Contreras learning complex. About 20 high school kids, a few teachers and the principal, And a few enrich La uber volunteers…

Sustain LA needs volunteers!

By EnrichLA Team | October 2, 2011

  Sustain LA is looking for volunteers to monitor the Zero Waste stations at Tour de Fat.  Bring your bike, dress in costume and bring your Zero Waste passion!! If you haven’t worked with us before, this is a great way to get your foot in the door and become a part of our paid…